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As the Sun Goes Down on this Labor Day

“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Several years ago my 90-year-old Mom was admitted to Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for a serious medical condition. She needed to eat, but nothing sounded good except for a hot dog – something that was not on the hospital’s menu. So that day the hospital staff made a special trip to bring her what she later said was the most delicious hot dog she’d ever eaten.

My Mom has since been admitted to Northeast Methodist Hospital for a broken hip, for pneumonia, and this past weekend as the result of a bad fall. The clinical care has been excellent, and the nursing team could not have been more considerate and compassionate. But what really makes each stay special is that every time someone remembers to bring her a hot dog.

When Joann, who has worked in the Northeast Methodist food service department for the past 11 years, brought Mom her hot dog on Saturday, I asked if I could take this picture of the back of her T-shirt.

As the sun goes down on this Labor Day, here’s a question for you to ponder: what ten things would you put on the back of your T-shirt?